Force11 Blogs


Why Are College Textbooks So Expensive?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 2:30am

Purchasing a college textbook can be a very expensive proposition. Why are these textbooks so expensive? The reason lies in the very structure of the industry, where instructors make decisions they...


The Google/AAP Settlement: Less Than Meets the Eye?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 2:30am

AAP and Google have reached a confidential settlement over Google Books. But the larger Authors Guild case remains. Continue reading »


LNCS 7525

Source: Think Links Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 1:00pm

I just received 50 copies of this in the mail today: Literature is so much better in its electronic form but its still fun to get a physical copy. Most importantly, this proceedings represents...


Formats through time

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 9:00am

Two interesting and important recent studies provide support for the case I've been making for at least the last 5 years that Jeff Rothenberg's pre-Web analysis of format obsolescence is itself...


We can do much better than rely on the self-fulfilling impact factor: Academics must harness ideas of engagement to illustrate their impact

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 3:00am

Impact Factors are a god-send for overworked and distracted individuals, and while Google Scholar goes some way to utilizing multiple measures to determine a researcher’s impact, Jonathan Becker...


Jury Duty — Putting Peer-Review Into a Tougher Context

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 2:23am

When the stakes are scholarly, peer-review works well. What about when the stakes are life-altering? Continue reading »


New Paleontology Guidelines Enforce Ethics, Reproducibility

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012 - 9:40am

Ethics is a cornerstone of science, informing everything from how we design our experiments to what we do with the resulting data. Given the diverse nature of the research results published in PLOS...


Judging a book by its cover, title and even author order might be necessary to create an impact

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012 - 3:00am

Clever book titles or pretty cover designs which don’t give much away are best left to star writers whose name is enough to sell the text. For the rest of us, advice from a good editor can be...


Quantifying OA Complexity

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012 - 2:30am

A recent attempt by SPARC and others to assess "How Open Is It?" shows how complex OA publishing is, but also fails to accurately represent the potential complexities in many areas. Continue reading...


HBase RDF Loading – Do Coprocessors Help?

Source: Think Links Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 3:34pm

If you read this blog a bit, you’ll know I’m a fairly big fan of RDF as a data format. It’s really great for easily mashing different data sources together. The common syntax gets...


Halloween Highlights: Spooktacular Science in PLOS ONE

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 - 11:32am

October is here, which means the holiday season is almost upon us – starting, of course, with Halloween. PLOS ONE doesn’t publish much in the way of goblins, ghouls, or ghosts, but we realized that...


Topics revamp

Source: Research Gate Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 - 6:27am

When we first built Topics a little over a year ago, we envisaged a place where researchers could connect, collaborate, discuss, and ultimately find solutions together. Topics has come a long way...


Topics revamp

Source: Research Gate Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 - 6:27am

When we first built Topics a little over a year ago, we envisaged a place where researchers could connect, collaborate, discuss, and ultimately find solutions together. Topics has come a long way...


Topics revamp

Source: Research Gate Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 - 6:27am

When we first built Topics a little over a year ago, we envisaged a place where researchers could connect, collaborate, discuss, and ultimately find solutions together. Topics has come a long way...


Five Minutes with Bernardo Huberman : “There are real opportunities for social scientists to turn their tools into something applicable to the real world”

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 - 3:00am

Continuing a series of interviews from PPG’s Impact of Social Sciences project, Rebecca Mann spoke with Bernardo Huberman, who is Director of the Social Computing Research Group at HP Labs and...


I Wish I’d Had This Teacher — The Ping Pong Ball Explosion

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 - 2:30am

And the sky rains ping pong balls, as this simple experiment provides both audible and visible entertainment. Continue reading »


The Journal of Digital Humanities Hits Full Stride

Source: Dan Cohen's Blog Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 9:59am

If you haven’t checked out the Journal of Digital Humanities yet, now’s the time to do so. My colleagues Joan Fragaszy Troyano, Jeri Wieringa, and Sasha Hoffman, along with our new...


Writing for Wikipedia has forced me into good scholarly habits and accessible writing

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 3:00am

Where Wikipedia has poor-quality articles, we should regard it as a great opportunity, argues Martin Poulter. Researchers and educators, especially in social science, should get involved in improving...


Does Open Access Tackle, Perpetuate, or Exacerbate the Matthew Effect?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 2:30am

While some hope that OA will create a more accessible literature, new data about NSF funding and some logical extrapolations suggest it may actually exacerbate the Matthew Effect, choking off...


Manta ray preferences revealed

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 4:16pm

Image credit: Fabrice Jaine, PLOS ONE (2012) If the thought of a calm moonlit night out on a tropical island makes you want to be at the beach, you may have something in common with the reef manta...


Should text books be open and free?

Source: NIF Blog FORCE11 Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 10:34am

by Anita Bandrowski We at NIF have recently discovered that Gov Brown (California) just signed into law a program that will create 50 lower division text books and a new library that will house them...


Universities and social media: Academics need to be bold in our use of social media and not outsource digital dissemination to widget gurus

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 3:00am

Universities are unique institutions that need social media policies that fit their goals of knowledge creation and dissemination. Mark Smithers writes that this isn’t a task that should be...


Using the Scholarly Kitchen for Research

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 2:30am

The Scholarly Kitchen can be a useful research tool for its contributors, as it enables the community to participate in certain kinds of questions. But group blogs don't work for everyone. Continue...


The New Wave of Gold OA Journals

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 2:30am

The flood of OA journals and publishers continues worldwide, but the number of articles is still small in any field. Continue reading »


Research Data Alliance Planning Mtg

Source: McDonald Online Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 6:22am

Hi All, This week (10.1.12-10.3.12) I am at an exciting meeting that is bringing together many of the big data projects throughout the world to a meeting in Arlington, VA in hopes of building a new...